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California Gets Billions and Indians Get to Expand Gambling
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed agreements with five Indian tribes
Monday that will allow a major expansion of tribal gambling in exchange
for billions of dollars in payments to the state over the next
The deal allows an unlimited increase in the number of slot machines at
the Indian tribes’ casinos. The current compact, signed by then-Gov.
Gray Davis in 1999, limits each tribe to 2,000 machines.
The tribes will pay the state a badly needed $1 billion this year and
$250 million a year after that until 2030.
The agreement allows Schwarzenegger to fulfill a campaign promise to
make tribes pay a greater share of their casino profits to the state,
which has been desperately trying to close multibillion-dollar budget
The tribes are the Pala Band of Mission Indians, the Rumsey Band of
Wintun Indians, the United Auburn Indian Community, the Viejas Band of
Kumeyaay Indians and the Pauma Band of Mission Indians.
Schwarzenegger hopes to have new agreements with as many as a dozen
Indian tribes, but not all are receptive to the reworked deals.
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